Oh Happy Day

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Oh Happy Day!!  July 4th is definitely a happy day!  It is when we can reflect on the freedoms we so enjoy….  and it also gives us time to pause and reflect on how we earned that freedom… by the sacrifice of so many… past and present…  I am so thankful…image

 

 

This little Banner Banter set is perfect for little flags.  I LOVE banners…  So festive.imageSpend some time with those you love enjoying the freedoms we have… and remember to thank someone who continues to sacrifice so we can enjoy those freedoms…

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Summer time is HERE

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To a teacher, the arrival of June always means the arrival of relaxation, lazy days, and sweet, sweet summer.  (well, with littles, that’s not always the case, but life IS less hectic during the summer).image

 

 

So, I love using this leaf stamp from the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set (now retired) in a bit of a ‘non-traditional’ way (pinks???).  But, I love it!!  It’s cheerful and bold and fun…  all that summer is.  imageHead over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!

Butterflies in the Backyard

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Sweet butterflies!  We have some lantana in our backyard that attracts a particular kind of butterfly (Not a bermuda bay butterfly… but still)  Zeke and Hannie love to watch and chase them.  So, this Butterfly Basics stamp set creates the ‘perfect backyard’ on paper….  I love the leaf stem.  I’ve used it multiple times on projects.  Makes a great central image as well as a great background image!image

 

 

The butterfly punch makes punching butterflies out a breeze!image

Go see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!

Another Birthday Wish!

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Here is ANOTHER use for that Build A Birthday Set (that I know you decided you needed after you saw last week’s post.  You’re welcome).

It’s another easy to put together card.

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The little banner in the top corner is from the delightful Pretty Petals DSP paper stack.  And it has LOTS of designs so this same layout could be used and you can change the colors to make all kinds of designs.  You can’t really see, but the card base is black, and then I used calypso coral

imageI get asked a lot about making masculine cards.  MASCULINE CARDS is a phrase that really isn’t in my vocabulary.  But, you could easily turn this masculine by changing the colors.  And maybe taking the little bow off the top (use the staple only).  There.  My version of a masculine card.  :)  Okay, I promise.  I will work on that…

Build a (fabulous) Birthday

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I love PARTIES. And decorating for parties and banners and ALL OF IT.  I would LOVE being a party planner when I grow up.  (hee hee).  So, when I saw this set in the catalog, I just knew I needed it.

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I LOVE the cake pedestal and the fact that you can build your cake however you need.  And, I need to let you know that I TOTALLY CASED this card.  I cannot remember now from who, but it is not my own.  But, it is too fabulous not to share…. so there.

imageThe colors I used were crumb cake (paper) Bermuda bay, pool party, and soft sky.  Added come flowers and rhinestones and it’s done!!  It is a happy birthday cake that you can MAIL!!

 

A Blooming Thank You

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I feel as I am growing up in my cardmaking (I suppose, if you are counting by years in SU, I am now a teenager…oh my), I do notice my tastes changing.  This probably has a lot to do with current trends in just about everything, but more and more I find myself reaching for neutrals and creating simplicity.  This card is that.  Neutral simplicity.

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I love this set called Bordering Blooms.  It is a FABULOUS border set.  And EASY.  I used TWO stamps on this card.  TWO.  The thanks comes from Endless Thanks (also a set I love, and it’s companion, Endless Birthday Wishes). I digress.

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I used Tip Top Taupe and Sahara Sand and White (Sahara and Taupe are the monochromatic pairs… I just LOVE how SU gives us those options in their papers and inks).  And, I colored in the selected flowers with the white gel pin.  Added a some bling and THERE YOU GO.  Instant Thank You.  You can make a bazillion of these in no time.  It’s good to make several at once… then you have a stockpile for when you need.  OH… I didn’t get a pic of this… but that Bordering Blooms is also a GREAT stamp to put across the bottom of envelopes.  To add pizzazz.  Cause we all need pizzazz… even with Neutral Simplicity.

Apple of my eye

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imageThis is a cute little set from the Spring Occasions catalog. Apple of my Eye. This time of year I start getting real excited about spring and all the ‘new’ that comes with it… And the fact that spring means summer. I guess, since I am a teacher in real life, I’ve never really outgrown that glorious anticipation that is summer vacation. And for some reason, I can’t really explain why, this set embodies that.

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The little bit of DSP there is from the Love Blossoms paper stack and the texture stamp on the bottom is from Timeless Textures (Oh my… do you have this stamp set yet??  cause you need it.  I prefer to call it the new Grunge set.)  That ribbon is the white jute ribbon.  I LOVE this stuff too.  It has a fabulous texture.  Though it is wide, you can easily cut it to make it thinner… which is what I did in the tag.  Big Shot a tag out from the Tags and Labels framelits and you have a card!!  It is so much fun!!